I've always felt a bit ambivalent over what to tell people my role is, publish on the site, or print on my business cards as my title for my blog. Since it is essentially self-declared, I don't want to give myself too boasting of a title that may sound outlandish, or, on the other hand, something too modest. I've settled in at “editor”, but was curious to find out what my fellow bloggers have set as their titles and the reasoning behind them.
Nancy Houlmont, Beauty411
“To be honest, when I first started blogging, most of the beauty bloggers I knew titled themselves as “editor”, so I used that as a guide. I still use “editor” today, although the blogging world has evolved so much, that I'm not sure “editor” does our role justice. Now we're influencers, social media specialists, bloggers, writers and yes, editors.
If someone can come up with a title that encompasses all of that, I would be tempted to use it!”
Michelle Mismas, All Lacquered Up
“When I first started blogging seven years ago, we all called ourselves bloggers/founders, because that's what we were/are. Then it shifted. It's as if we became embarrassed by the title. We had to call ourselves something else, like editor-in-chief, to appear more legitimate next to the magazine people. Now, I feel like it's coming full circle as I'm proud to be a blogger. Us veterans are pioneers in this space and shouldn't be embarrassed by that.
While the term “influencer” is a fair title and becoming more commonplace, at the end of the day, I write a blog, therefore I am a “blogger.”
Dianna Baros, The Budget Babe
“After all these years, when I'm asked to provide a bio or byline – heck, even when I'm trying to figure out what to put in my email signature –
I struggle to find one word that says it all.
I feel most comfortable saying I'm “the blogger behind TheBudgetBabe.com” or “the creator of TheBudgetBabe.com” because I'm not a conventional writer or editor, and I want my title to be an accurate description of what I do. But these days I'm going with editor-in-chief because I have some lovely & talented interns contributing to the blog, so my role has shifted somewhat. Maybe I should just invent a word…?”
Ashley Robison, Dramatis Personae
“I always call myself a writer, because that's always been my biggest focus & love. I'm a writer: I love the written word, and it's what motivates me to work beyond everything else. While I'm okay with using it, I don't prefer Blogger – it implies a lack of sense, professionalism, and commitment that I think most bloggers DO have.
I can't commit to titles like editor-in-chief because… it implies a “bigness” that I don't have!
It makes me feel I should be managing others, creating content and editorials based on a theme, a season, etc… creating with a sense of cohesion, like a magazine would have!”
Are you founder, writer, blogger, or editor-in-chief?
What title have you given yourself, and why?